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Playing cards have been with us since the 14th century, when they first entered popular culture. Over the centuries packs of cards, in all shapes and sizes, have been used for games, gambling, education, conjuring, advertising, fortune telling, political messages or the portrayal of national or ethnic identity. All over the world, whatever language is spoken, their significance is universal. Their popularity is also due to the imaginative artwork and graphic design which is sometimes overlooked, and the “then & now” of how things have changed.

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Acapulco Souvenir

Acapulco Souvenir playing cards designed and printed by Foliproa S.A., Mexico • Nov 13, 2011

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Adventures in Korea

Each card has a colour drawing of a Korean building, museum or tourist attraction with a brief description and details of how to get there. • Sep 25, 2012

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Air Malta

‘Air Rummy’ playing cards published by Air Malta, late 1990s • Jul 05, 2016

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Australia by Steve Parish

Australia souvenir deck with photography by Steve Parish • Jun 29, 2016

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Baraja Turística de España

Baraja Turística de España by Heraclio Fournier, 1966. • Sep 02, 2018

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Bath and the Cotswolds

“Bath and the Cotswolds” souvenir pack of cards published by John McLean of Edinburgh, c.1990. • Mar 18, 2016

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Beautiful Britain Series

The ‘Beautiful Britain’ series depicting seaside and country resorts was produced by John Waddington Ltd for the Great Western Railway and London and North Eastern Railway between 1924-1939. • Nov 23, 2015

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Brazil Scenic Aces

C. L. Wüst Scenic Aces for Brazil • Jul 31, 2011

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Bulgaria Souvenir

Bulgaria Souvenir by Land of Roses Ltd • Sep 06, 2016

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Burj Al Arab Jumeirah

Gold plated souvenir playing cards from the Burj Al Arab Jumeirah hotel in Dubai. • Jun 16, 2018

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Canadian National Railways

Canadian National Railways souvenir deck, dated to 1927. Every card is gilt edged, and carries a different photograph of Canada. • Oct 21, 2015

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Canary Islands Souvenir

Canary Islands Souvenir by Heraclio Fournier, c.1970 • Feb 17, 2016

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Cities of Art - Naples

Striking views of Naples, photography by Cesare Gerolimetto, produced by Dal Negro. • Oct 16, 2016

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Ciudad de Quito

Pack of souvenir playing cards made in Quito, Ecuador, featuring black & white photographs depicting Ecuador as one of the great nations on Earth • Jul 21, 2011

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Columbian Exposition Souvenir

Columbian Exposition Souvenir playing cards, G.W. Clark, Chicago, 1893. • Nov 24, 2017

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Craddock Soap Stage Souvenir

The deck is described on the box as “a portfolio of photographs of the leading lights of the stage” • Feb 14, 2013

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Cusco Inca Souvenir

Pre-Incas & Incas Souvenir Playing Cards, Cusco, Peru, 2000 • Jan 01, 1970

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Cyprus Souvenir

Cyprus souvenir playing cards showing scenes alluding to ancient history and myths • Sep 13, 2014

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Cyprus Souvenir

Cyprus Souvenir playing cards published by Editions Michalis Toubis S.A., 1998 • Dec 06, 2016

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Discover Romania

Discover Romania souvenir published by Editura Foton, 2010. • Jul 23, 2018

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East African Playing Cards

East African Playing Cards by Heraclio Fournier S.A., 1957 • Apr 11, 2017

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Ecuador Turistico

Naipe Mi Ecuador Turístico souvenir playing cards • Jul 21, 2011

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Egypt Souvenir

Souvenir from Egypt - the home of lovely memories - 54 colour photos, c.1980. • Aug 18, 2016

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Erlenmeyer City Sights

Erlenmeyer City Sights hand-illustrated playing cards by Stephanie Gray, 2015. • Feb 14, 2018

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Fenno, Peru

Fenno souvenir playing cards, made in Peru • Apr 04, 2010

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Greek Mythology

Greek Mythology playing cards published by Michalis Toubis S.A., 1995. • Feb 03, 2018

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Greek Playing Cards

Greek Playing Cards • Oct 03, 2011

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Historic Boston and Vicinity

Historic Boston and Vicinity Souvenir Playing Cards, 1909. • Jun 02, 2010

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Hong Kong

Playing Cards from Hong Kong. A large proportion of the world's souvenir and pin-up playing cards originate from Hong Kong. • Apr 13, 2012

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Hong Kong Souvenir

Hong Kong Souvenir playing cards. • Apr 15, 2012

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Ian Schrager Hotels

Advertising/souvenir deck of cards associated with the Ian Schrager chain of luxury hotels. • Sep 12, 2015

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Inka-Dynasty

'Inka-Dynasty' playing cards are based on historic 16th century designs by the Peruvian chronicler Felipe Guamán Poma de Ayala, and printed by Power Casinos, Lima, Peru, c.2004. • Jan 01, 1970

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Irish Souvenir

Irish souvenir playing cards. The Joker has the inscription W.O., Dublin. • Apr 28, 2012

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Karl Gerich no.23: “Beautiful Bath”

Beautiful Bath is a hand-made pack by Karl Gerich which was published in 1996. • Jul 07, 2013

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Karl Gerich No.33: Views of Bath

Views of Bath is Georgina Harvey's third design, created in 1990. The cards feature beautifully designed double-ended courts and double-ended Aces with a central band which is used to identify different views of the City of Bath at each end. • Aug 15, 2012

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La Suisse Historique Swiss Cantons souvenir

A masterpiece in the genre of tourist souvenir decks, “La Suisse Historique” Swiss Cantons souvenir designed by Melchior Annen in c.1920 • Nov 30, 2015

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Lanzarote Souvenir

Souvenir of Lanzarote playing cards by NEGSA (Naipes Comas) • Apr 25, 2015

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Legendary Land’s End

“Legendary Land’s End” deck by John Hinde showing photographic views of Land’s End, Cornwall (UK) • Sep 01, 2015

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Líneas de Nazca

“Líneas de Nazca” souvenir playing cards, Peru, c.2008 • Apr 14, 2014

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Lonely Planet

Lonely Planet Playing Cards feature amazing images from all over the globe • Apr 11, 2015

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Madeira Souvenir

“Ilha da Madeira” Souvenir playing cards with 54 colour views of the archipelago • Sep 02, 2015

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Málaga Costa del Sol playing cards

Málaga Costa del Sol souvenir playing cards published by Otermin Ediciones • May 03, 2011

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Malaysia Scenery

Souvenir playing cards from Malaysia featuring 56 colour photographs of scenery, wildlife, local people and Malaysian fruits with inscriptions in English describing each scene. • Apr 14, 2013

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Malaysia Truly Asia

Souvenir playing cards from Malaysia featuring 56 colour photographs of skyscrapers, wildlife, local people and Malaysian fruits with inscriptions in English describing each scene. • Apr 13, 2013

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Marine Lives of Maldives

Souvenir deck from The Maldives depicting marine life in the Indian Ocean • Sep 01, 2015

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Mayan Cards

Mayan Playing Cards from Guatemala / Baraja Maya / containing illustrations of archaeology, art, folklore, history and mythology of the Mayans. • Jun 30, 2011

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Menorca Souvenir by Savir S.A.

Menorca Souvenir by Savir S.A., Barcelona, c.1980 • Jul 17, 2017

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Missouri State Souvenir

Missouri Souvenir playing cards designed by OnPoint Speciality products in the USA, 2017. • Oct 18, 2016

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Monumentos de España

"Monumentos de España" souvenir playing cards manufactured by Heraclio Fournier, S.A., Vitoria (Spain), c.1955 • Sep 15, 2013

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Movie Souvenir Playing Cards

Special souvenir playing cards for entertainment events such as theatre or sport were an early form of merchandising. After the first edition of this deck in 1916, subsequent issues featured new photos as new stars rose to fame. • Feb 12, 2013

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Muir & Moodie Pictorial

Muir & Moodie Pictorial playing cards, New Zealand, c.1903 • Aug 12, 2010